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So... what are the differences between Silver and Gold EC membership?

So... what are the differences between Silver and Gold EC membership?

Old May 20, 11, 11:36 am
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So... what are the differences between Silver and Gold EC membership?

Now we have been informed of the latest enhancement to Gold based on our feedback, what are the differences between Gold and Silver membership?

A few that spring to mind for me:-
Flounge access.
Rows 1 and 2 on domestic.
Exit rows for free in economy.
Possibly improved chances of an upgrade.
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Old May 20, 11, 11:39 am
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Originally Posted by oxtailsoup View Post
Now we have been informed of the latest enhancement to Gold based on our feedback, what are the differences between Gold and Silver membership?

A few that spring to mind for me:-
Flounge access.
Rows 1 and 2 on domestic.
Exit rows for free in economy.
Possibly improved chances of an upgrade
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Exit rows for free in economy and premium economy
Definite improved chances of an upgrade (if there are any, they'll be before Silver)
Ability to use redemption joker (2 x miles)
Additional use of Arrivals lounge
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Old May 20, 11, 11:41 am
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I thought the joker was only for GGL?

GGL - a bit disappointed with the Joker
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Old May 20, 11, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by irishguy28 View Post
I thought the joker was only for GGL?
I think they can open up a redemption seat once a year at normal mileage, not the 2 x mileage that Golds can. I may be mistaken on both counts though
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Old May 20, 11, 11:45 am
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Originally Posted by oxtailsoup View Post
Possibly improved chances of an upgrade.
This one is so remote as to not count, imo. In my years as GCH, I have not been upgraded a single time. I was upgraded more often when I was silver.
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Old May 20, 11, 11:46 am
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Originally Posted by Paralytic View Post
I think they can open up a redemption seat once a year at normal mileage, not the 2 x mileage that Golds can. I may be mistaken on both counts though
When checking possible routings (but not actually booking them) I often get the message "additional seats have been made available for you on one or more flights below". Does this mean I could only expect that to happen once a year?
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Old May 20, 11, 11:47 am
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Originally Posted by NickB View Post
This one is so remote as to not count, imo. In my years as GCH, I have not been upgraded a single time. I was upgraded more often when I was silver.
Perhaps they'll move the Anytime Access benefit to Silvers instead!
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Old May 20, 11, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by NickB View Post
This one is so remote as to not count, imo. In my years as GCH, I have not been upgraded a single time. I was upgraded more often when I was silver.
Me too. I fly 5/6 longhauls a year and never had an upgrade.

My wife however, who is a Silver, was upgraded to F on her recent flight ( a 747 flight that was packed so I would have expected there to be GC holders ahead of her in the pecking order).

Seems to be luck of the draw.
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Old May 20, 11, 11:53 am
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Originally Posted by irishguy28 View Post
When checking possible routings (but not actually booking them) I often get the message "additional seats have been made available for you on one or more flights below". Does this mean I could only expect that to happen once a year?
You'll notice that if you were looking for a seat in J or F that the opened up seat in Y. That is a published benefit and I was offered this 'benefit' to travel to AKL via SYD on redemption recently. I went to HKG in F and from there in CX J instead, rather than do 22 hours in Y
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Old May 20, 11, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by Paralytic View Post
I think they can open up a redemption seat once a year at normal mileage, not the 2 x mileage that Golds can. I may be mistaken on both counts though
Originally Posted by irishguy28 View Post
When checking possible routings (but not actually booking them) I often get the message "additional seats have been made available for you on one or more flights below". Does this mean I could only expect that to happen once a year?
I think we are getting a bit confused here.

Gold allows additional redemption seats in Y only at anytime by opening up additional fare class letters (if availalble) for redemption bookings. This does not apply to WTP, Club or F.

Golds can do a double miles cost redemptions.

GGL has a joker that allows redemption at normal mileage when no redemption seats are available once a year.

These benefits apply to all cabins no just Y.
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Old May 20, 11, 12:00 pm
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Somehow the thought of being BAEC Gold and then travelling in Y causes me a slight twitch

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Old May 20, 11, 12:01 pm
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Originally Posted by itsmeitisss View Post
You'll notice that if you were looking for a seat in J or F that the opened up seat in Y.
I hadn't, actually. I never look for awards in Y so it never occurred to me that's what they meant!

Originally Posted by FrancisA View Post

Golds can do a double miles cost redemptions.
That is news to me. Has to be done over the phone then? I guess there are certain instances where it becomes handy - but it's not perhaps the most useful of benefits.
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Old May 20, 11, 12:03 pm
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More bonus miles is the best benefit, and F-lounges/check-in worldwide (usually quieter and smarter). If you don't care about those, its not worth it over Silver as otherwise not much else. Never use arrivals lounge, never use 2x Joker, don't care about more Y redemptions. OpUp priority exists perhaps, but its a complete lottery anyway (typically loads of GCH and Prems on L/H flights esp NYC). I used the anytime lounge access more than all those other benefits.

Possibility to get Partner Card, GGL, CCR Card and GUF2, though they all require a HUGE amount more travel.
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Old May 20, 11, 12:09 pm
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More bonus miles is the best benefit,
The tier bonus is now identical for Silver and Gold. So no benefit of Gold over Silver in that respect.
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Old May 20, 11, 12:15 pm
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The main benefits for me are;

  • oneworld First Class lounge access
  • QF Business lounge access when travelling QF Y domestically
  • oneworld First Class check-in
  • Front row seat selection in CE/UK Domestic
  • Preferential seating on some other oneworld airlines
  • Preferential treatment (upgrades, irregular operations etc.)

I value/use some of these benefits more than others.
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